Taking the China Road?
January 19, 2016 "Information
- Is the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Supreme
leader of the Islamic Republic, a RINO Ė a
revolutionary in name only?
must be muttering around the barracks of the Iranian
Republican Guard Corps today.
American hawks are saying we gave away the store to
Tehran, consider what ayatollah agreed to.
he gave his blessing to the return of 10 U.S.
sailors who intruded into Iranian waters within
hours of capture. He turned loose four Americans
convicted of spying. And he gave final approval to a
nuclear deal that is a national humiliation.
the U.S. and Security Council to prove Iran was not
lying when it said it had no nuclear weapons program
Ė an assertion supported by 16 U.S. intelligence
agencies "with high confidence" in 2007 Ė the
ayatollah had to submit to the following demands:
Decommission 12,000 Iranian centrifuges, including
all the advanced ones at Fordow, ship out of the
country 98 percent of its enriched uranium, remove
the core of its heavy-water reactor in Arak and fill
it with concrete, and allow U.N. inspectors to crawl
all over Iranís nuclear facilities for years to
being treated by the great powers like an ex-con on
parole who must be monitored and fitted with an
Why did the
ayatollah capitulate to these demands?
reply: To get $100 billion. But the money Iran is
getting back belongs to Iran. It is not foreign aid.
The funds had been frozen until Iran accepted our
conditions. The sanctions worked.
another reason Tehran may have submitted.
said it did not have a nuclear bomb program, it was
telling the truth. Indeed, it is Iranís accusers,
many from the same crowd that misled and lied to us
when they said Iraq had weapons of mass destruction,
whose credibility is in question today.
accusers should produce their evidence, if any, that
Iran had, or still has, a nuclear bomb program.
they should shut up with the lying and goading the
U.S. into another war that will leave us with
another trillion-dollar debt, ashes in our mouths,
and thousands more dead and wounded warriors.
Iran does not have a nuclear bomb program, we must
ask: Why not? And the answer suggests itself:
Because Iran concluded, years ago, that an atom bomb
would make it less not more secure.
soon as Iran tested a bomb, a nuclear arms race
would be on in the Mideast with Saudis, Turks and
Egyptians all in competition.
Israelis would put their nuclear arsenal on a hair
trigger. And most dangerous for Iran, she would find
herself confronting the USA.
matter how much the mullahs may hate us, they are
not stupid, and they know a war with America would
leave their country, as it left Iraq, Afghanistan
and Libya, smashed and broken.
today splintered into Sunni, Shiite, Kurd and Arab.
And Iran, after a war with the USA, could decompose
into a tribalized land of warring Persians, Arabs,
Baluch, Kurds and Azeris.
Yet, if a
war with America would be a disaster for Iran,
detente with America might bring a time of peace
that could enable this largest nation on the Persian
Gulf, with 80 million people, and an ally now of its
old rival Iraq, to achieve hegemony in the Gulf.
brings us back to the ayatollah.
actions, he appears to have blessed Iranís taking
the same road on which Deng Xiaoping set out some
four decades ago.
death, Deng found China with a backward economy in a
booming world led by Reaganís America and a Japan on
Communism, Deng decided to embrace state capitalism.
there is nothing new under the sun, Deng had a
In 1921, in
the wake of Russiaís crushing defeat in the Great
War and bloodletting in the Civil War between "Reds"
and "Whites," Lenin saw his regime imperiled by a
rising revolution against the Bolsheviks.
"war Communism" for a New Economic Policy, opened
Russia to Western investors, while assuring the
comrades that the capitalists "will sell us the rope
with which we will hang them."
Iranís regime seems to have concluded that the path
to power and permanence of the regime lies not in
conflict with the United States, but in avoiding
conflict Ė and taking the China road.
Hassan Rouhani, who also sees Iranís future as best
assured by resolving the nuclear issue and
reengaging with the West, described his triumph to
the Iranian parliament:
happy except Zionists, warmongers, sowers of discord
among Islamic nations and extremists in the U.S. The
rest are happy."
deal is truly in the interests of the United States
and Iran, whose interests would be served by
scuttling it? Who seeks to do so?
would they want a return to confrontation and
J. Buchanan is the author of the new book "The
Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From
Defeat to Create the New Majority." To find out more
about Patrick Buchanan and read features by other
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